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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

Charlie van Becelaere
Alien

So how thick

would my hat's aluminium foil lining have to be to prevent gamma radiation mucking with my brain?

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Planning to rob a Windows ATM? Ditch the sledgehammer and bring a USB STICK

Charlie van Becelaere

This is what the banking industry sowed

when they decided to switch away from OS/2. It's quite unlikely that there would have been a boot from USB option there.

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

Charlie van Becelaere

Au contraire:

"However, it appears a chemical reaction provoked by fertilisers may be the explanation, rather than a chilling suicide-bombing Day of the Triffids scenario."

Rather it becomes clear why we use SALTED water to cook artichokes.

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Supreme Court can't find barge pole long enough to touch NSA lawsuit

Charlie van Becelaere
Thumb Down

Bloody Cowards

Please see Title.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

Charlie van Becelaere

I, for one,

hope there will be a fogger attachment available to emit "steam" as play gets more intense.

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Twitter jacks up IPO price range as the blabbergasm begins

Charlie van Becelaere

IPO

#theremustbesomekindofwayoutofhere

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Dino-boffins discover 100-million-year-old BIRD TRACKS in Australia

Charlie van Becelaere
Pint

Clearly not a bird

I learned it from this blog post:

http://iheardacouplethings.blogspot.com/2013/10/dinosaurs-birds-and-aussies.html

Cheers!

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20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into freetard riot

Charlie van Becelaere
FAIL

A Bit of a WKRP Moment, eh?

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: That Hideous Strength

And the very sharp knife was wielded by an Italian, a Dr. Filostrato, as I recall.

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Frank Herbert

or even James Blish. There are many parallels to "A Case on Conscience" from 1958.

A spectacular novel, by the way, as is the entire four book trilogy (hmm, no wonder Adams kept going, four had already been done).

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

Charlie van Becelaere
Coat

Balderdash!

I say balderdash!

I remember reading a Superman comic back in the 1960s that explained that the human retina would retain an image for about 1/24 of a second. (Superman was scanning a film by passing it in front of his eyes at the appropriate rate.)

If you want to call Superman a liar, you're either more foolish or more courageous than I!

I'll get my coat - it's the one without a pocket full of Kryptonite.

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Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: mind-controlled cursor

What, me drop a great heavy lump of coal on my foot?

You must be out of your ...

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Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Bending of light without phase preservation...

You are wrong.

I hope you feel better now.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

Charlie van Becelaere

Clearly it should be

John Barrowman, no?

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Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Missing! Exclamation! Marks!

Sir, you've posted the precise post I had intended to post.

Thank! you! for! saving! me! the! trouble!

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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

Charlie van Becelaere
Pint

Re: I wish them well

I hear there is a skunkworks project at IBM working on a port of OS/2 Warp for the mobile market.

Certainly I'm not the only one waiting breathlessly for this!

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Ray Harryhausen, king of stop motion, takes final voyage

Charlie van Becelaere
Headmaster

Pedant Alert

Just to be precise, there should be no period after the J in Forrest J Ackerman's name.

Thank you.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Bloody Gyroscopes

Precessing all over the place; how do they work?

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Well done ... again.

Actually, it means Schrodinger's cat isn't ....

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

Charlie van Becelaere
Paris Hilton

Proust was right

Ils sont a la recherche du temps perdu.

Merci. Je vais chercher mon manteau.

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Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?

Charlie van Becelaere

I don't know where

he came up with his Biodome consultants. I'm all for sending Pauly Shore on the mission, just to make certain things work out well for all involved.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Charlie van Becelaere
IT Angle

Re: Dammit

If it were, one would expect the units to be linguine, not inches. I fear you'll have to look elsewhere for the tech aspect.

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WTF is... WebRTC?

Charlie van Becelaere

They got the acronym wrong

“Customisable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web” (CU-RTC-Web).

Really? CU-RTC-Web?

Clearly it ought to be CURT-COW.

There, I fixed it for you.

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Well, while we're being pedantic...

continuing in that vein ...

It's more like 3.375 times as big, thus 2.375 times bigger, hardly 3 times, wouldn't you say?

What do they teach in schools these days?

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Re: “therapeutic” beatings.

Based upon your list, it appears that the odds of a positive outcome are quite good.

Selecting any one item at random (with its addition / deletion attached, natch), we see that at least eight of the outcomes are good (sense, respect, and manners in, shit, tar, hell, crap, and piss out) with the remaining three a potentially mixed bag (one ought to retain truth, I don't know about daylights,really, and the PGP key depends upon the circumstances, I suppose.), making it a 72.7% probability of a desirable outcome.

Those are pretty good odds, and may help to explain the corporate policy - the beatings will continue until morale improves. Of course, more research is needed in this matter.

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Biomass bummer: carbon mitigation could increase ozone

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: So too much ozone is bad....

Alternate solution - genetically modify the eucalyptus trees so their leaves act as powerful fans, sending the ozone they produce up to the stratosphere.

What do they teach in schools these days?

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Fish grow ‘hands’ in genetic experiment

Charlie van Becelaere

Straight from a Novel

although it was a foot, rather than a hand, but autopods can express as either, apparently.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/csdkrm9

Toward the end of Chapter 8, as I recall.

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

Charlie van Becelaere

This is the dawning

of a balanced aquarium!

Apologies to the 5th Dimension and all those Hair-y types.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Charlie van Becelaere
Paris Hilton

Re: Why?

Two words: Dejah Thoris.

Paris because, well, isn't it obvious?

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Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

Charlie van Becelaere
Paris Hilton

ahem indeed

that is all.

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Publishing giants borg into Random Penguin ... But can it see off Amazon?

Charlie van Becelaere
FAIL

I'm hating them

simply because they didn't call themselves Random Penguin.

Epic fail? I believe so.

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

Charlie van Becelaere

I'm not sure I agree

"... this is not the first white whale to bring a message to humanity: but it would seem that NOC's message is an altogether cheerier one."

How much cheerier is "Get Out" than Moby-Dick's message, really?

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Re: missed the poll

"Well all my clothes tend to have size 'M' in them, whatever that is"

That would size 1,000 if you're in Imperial clothing, but size 1,000,000 in SI garb.

Glad to be of help.

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Reds in the Routers is routine, not rare

Charlie van Becelaere
Paris Hilton

Sound and Fury

There's plenty of it to go round.

One example -

http://iheardacouplethings.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-is-anyone-surprised.html

Enjoy.

(Paris, just because)

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Re: It's my understanding.....

"Yep, I guess the "negative number" would be not only your body and vital organs being flipped inside out by going faster than light, but also your mass and energy going negative. A complete upside down to your laws of physics. So an experiment most teenagers would love to see tried!"

Total protonic reversal. That would be bad.

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Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Tut tut

All the nattering nabobs of negativism here - I am shocked!

It seems all to boil down to this:

We think this is how things always work.

We saw it work this way once under controlled conditions.

Therefor, it always works this way, always has, and always will.

It's simple logic, folks. Poke at it all you like, but ...

never mind.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Charlie van Becelaere

Just call it

Sqarez.

That's so hip and all that even the cool kids will want a copy.

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

Charlie van Becelaere

Pot? Kettle?

" With good reason, these claims to authority are called "neuro-phrenology", or more elegantly, "neurotrash"."

No doubt phrenologists everywhere are shaking with anger at the thought of being associated with this tripe.

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Boffins puzzled over impossibly fast ice avalanches on Saturn's moon

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Other Moon?

Saturn has at least 62 moons, 53 of which have formal names ... and that's just the ones of which Wikipedia is aware!

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Why not print out the photographs and put them in an album?

"Most people these days wouldn't be able to transfer data from an MFM hard drive to a SATA drive."

I always preferred the RLL drives myself.

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

Charlie van Becelaere
FAIL

Good Lord

Can anyone really want to work with a screen so fully crowded with all those little logos for each of the many applets and craplets that no particular one can be found in a reasonable time?

If Ballmer et al want to use this horrid franken-interface for a few years as beta testers before foisting it on those of us who use our machines to actually produce something (rather than only consuming media), I say let them. However - I'll not be getting any of the crap anywhere near my machines until there are absolutely no remotely viable alternatives.

Good grief, what a pack of morons.

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Native Americans arrived to find natives already there, fossil poo shows

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Re: Petrified Poo

Frankly, I can't imagine petrified poo flowing well at all.

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Charlie van Becelaere
Black Helicopters

Re: Everyone knows...

and likely illegal ones at that.

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Sozzled Americans nagged by talking urinal cake

Charlie van Becelaere

Am I the Only One

who misread the headline as NABBED? I was expecting the pissalyzer as well, I fear.

Is the urine the electrolyte for the dry cell pile powering the puck? Just asking ...

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

Charlie van Becelaere
Meh

Ah, but were there any

playmonauts aboard? At least one could expect a "recreation" here on el Reg.

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Fedora 17: Mm.. this stew of beefy source tastes just right

Charlie van Becelaere

Beefy Miracle?

Sorry, Fedorans, but there should never be a codename with the initials B.M. <shudder></shudder>

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

Charlie van Becelaere
Alien

Oh dear

"The real Curiosity lifted off atop an Atlas V rocket stack on 26 November last year, and is now sailing towards a 5 August date with destiny."

The real Curiosity? <snort>

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Solar quiet spell like the one now looming cooled climate in the past

Charlie van Becelaere
IT Angle

Re: Hang on...

And how, pray tell, will an archaic spreadsheet help us now? Were you simply seeking the IT angle?

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Life on Mars found – in 1976

Charlie van Becelaere
Boffin

Re: They haven't found life on Mars

"... finding something that looks for all the world like elephant footprints."

Perhaps better would be " ... finding something that looks vaguely like what elephant footprints are thought to resemble."

Ignoring my nit, "Well done, sir."

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SHOCK! FIFA 12 goalie does it doggy style with striker

Charlie van Becelaere
Thumb Up

"Hah, bumhug! "

I see what you did there. Well played, sir.

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